Memphis Grizzlies draft Sam Young 36th overall


The Memphis Grizzlies drafted PITT’s Sam Young 36th overall in the second round. Young was projected to be a late first round selection but fell to the Grizzlies at #36. PITT officials are stunned that Young did not get drafted in the 1st round.

Draft Combine: Young shoots for NBA future in backcourt


By Paul Ladewski CHICAGO — In four years at Pitt, Sam Young was almost anything that we wanted to be. There was Sam Young the poet. Sam Young the pianist. Sam Young the bowler. Sam Young the power forward. Sam Young the small forward. And don’t forget Sam Young, UConn-killer. But there’s at least one Sam Young that has rarely been seen before. He’s the version that Young plans to unveil at private workouts in advance of the NBA draft next month, one that he believes will raise some eyebrows along the way. Meet Sam Young, slam-dunkin’ three-point-drainin’, lockdown defendin’ off guard. The majority of NBA draftniks consider Young to be a 6-foot-6 small forward at the next level, but he is fully intent to change some minds in the days and months ahead. “For sure,” Young told Inside Pittsburgh Sports at the NBA Combine. “A lot of people don’tRead More »

NBA Draft Combine Preview


By Paul Ladewski CHICAGO – Much like last season, the Big East figures to be the big winners in the NBA draft next month. The conference could have as many as seven first-round selections, more than any conference in the country. The list includes Pitt products DuJuan Blair and Sam Young, who will be among the 52 draft candidates at the NBA pre-draft camp that opens on Wednesday afternoon here. Inside Pittsburgh Sports will be at the combine Thursday morning in Chicago covering the event and will provide daily updates and the latest buzz surrounding DeJuan Blair and Sam Young. The three-day event will have an NFL-style look for the first time, as interviews, agility drills and medical tests will replace scrimmages on the agenda. In addition to Blair, Hasheem Thabeet (Connecticut), Jonny Flynn (Syracuse) and Earl Clark (Louisville) are expected to be lottery selections. The New Jersey Nets (11thRead More »

Draft Report: Sam Young climbing the draft charts


Young #8 on Chad Ford’s updated Rankings In the NCAA tournament Sam Young showed the ability to score from anywhere on the floor and because of that, Young’s draft stock is currently on the rise. Chad Ford’s updated chart of the top 10 NBA prospects, which was shown last night on NBA Fastbreak, Young was the #8 prospect on Ford’s big board. At mid-season Young was rated in the 30-35 range. Despite rising to the top 10 on some big boards, Young is not a lock to be a lottery pick because of his age. He just turned 24 in March. NBA scouts love young players. At 6-6, 215 lbs, Young

Five Reasons Why


By Paul Ladewski_ Why the Panthers will reach the Final Four and beyond * Baracketology – No less a hoops expert than Barack Obama has the Panthers headed to Ford Field in Detroit next month. You see, a Final Four berth isn’t a dream. It’s a presidential edict. * Depth – Because of fatigue, injuries and foul trouble, numbers become more a factor as the tournament progresses. This Pitt team is eight deep, as forward Gilbert Brown and guards Ashton Gibbs and Brad Wanamaker have shown the ability to step up whenever necessary. * Law of averages – The Panthers have averaged 26 regular-season victories per year in the Jamie Dixon era, but they have never advanced past the Sweet 16 in the tournament. Eventually, the basketball gods will smile on a team that has been this good, this long, right? * Physical presence – In underrated Tyrell Biggs andRead More »

Bucs hope to shock the world by becoming the first 16 to ever beat a 1


1. Pittsburgh (28-4) Р16. East Tennessee State (23-10) Analysis: East Tennessee State has a history of being a No. 16 seed, Twenty years removed from nearly upsetting No. 1 seed Oklahoma in the 1989 NCAA Tournament, losing to Oklahoma 72-71. East Tennessee State came the closest to knocking off a No. 1 seed while the streak is now at 98-0 for No. 1 seeds against No. 16 seeds. That number will likely move to 100-0 after Pitt and Louisville play on Friday. Scouting Report on East Tennessee State

Young, Williams more deserving of Big East Player of the year honors than Thabeet


DeJuan Blair (15.6 PPG, 12.6 RPG, 1 BPG Hasheem Thabeet (13.6 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 4.5 BPG) In the biggest game of the season @ UCONN on February 16, 2009, Blair had 22 points ‚Äì 23 rebounds compared to Thabeet who had 5 points ‚Äì 4 rebounds. That alone should have given Blair a slight edge in the voting. Thabeet is a dominating force on the defensive side of the ball but you could possibly make an even stronger argument for Pittburgh‚Äôs Sam Young and Louisville‚Äôs Terrence Williams for Big East Player of the year honors. Pitt shouldn‚Äôt win the Big East Tournament? Pitt has already locked up a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and in the past it has been believed that the team values the Big East Tournament more than the NCAA Tournament. That is no longer the case as the team has its sights set on aRead More »

No.4 Pittsburgh defeats No.1 Connecticut 70-60


Sam Young‚Äôs dominating performance Saturday afternoon at the Petersen Event Center helped the No.4 Pittsburgh Panthers knock off the No.1 Connecticut Huskies for the second time this season. Young a projected first round pick in this summers NBA draft had a monster game with 31 points, 10 rebounds to lead Pittsburgh to a 70-60 win. Young has scored 55 points in two games against the Huskies this season. The victory on Saturday likely secured a #1 seed for the Panthers in the NCAA tournament. The win was the second time this season the Panthers knocked off the No.1 ranked team in the nation. The Panthers beat #1 Connecticut 76-68 on February 16 which was the first time in school history that the Panthers beat a #1 ranked team. The Panthers (28-3, 15-3 in Big East), finished 19-0 at home this season and defeated the Connecticut Huskies twice in one seasonRead More »

#4 Pittsburgh knocks off #1 Connecticut 76-68


Young & Blair combine for 47 points as Pitt makes a major statement The #1 Connecticut Huskies had no answer for Sam Young (25 points) and DeJuan Blair (22 Points – 23 Rebounds) as Pittsburgh upended the #1 team in the nation 76-68 Monday night at the Hartford Civic Center. The win against a #1 ranked opponent was the first in Panthers history. The Panthers move to 11-2 in Big East play and there will be a new #1 team in the nation next week. more to come

NBA Draft Watch: Blair in mid-late first round discussion


Pitt Panthers power forward DeJuan Blair is currently the hottest player in college basketball and recent performances like a 23-point, 22-rebound game against Notre Dame last week and a career high 32-point, 14 rebound game against Depaul yesterday has propelled Blair as a potential first round pick according to many NBA Draft Experts. An Inside Look at Blairs draft stock and has Sam Young fallen out of the 1st round discussion?